Second suspect arrested in Golden Gate Park slaying 

click to enlarge Victim: Family members described Robert Musial as a funny, compassionate San Francisco native. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Victim: Family members described Robert Musial as a funny, compassionate San Francisco native.

Police announced the arrest Monday of a second man in connection with the slaying of Robert Musial, who was robbed and beaten to death April 27 with at least one skateboard in Golden Gate Park.

On Thursday, 33-year-old transient Jeremy Brinker was taken into custody in the town of Weed, located in Siskiyou County, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Monday.

Musial’s family and friends scoured the park in the days after the slaying in search of the killers. They identified two suspects: Brinker and 23-year-old Santa Ana resident Marcus Herrera. Herrera was arrested two days after the attack, police said.

Both suspects face similar charges, including murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Musial, 55, was found by Park Police Station officers on a bench behind the Sharon Art Studio.

Police said his breathing was labored and he appeared to be experiencing a medical emergency. He died at the scene. A preliminary autopsy showed he sustained blunt-force injuries, Andraychak said.

Musial was struck in the back of the head with a skateboard and had his wallet stolen, his brother Stewart Musial told The San Francisco Examiner. Stewart Musial said he and others spent two full days in the park interviewing transients.

After identifying possible suspects, police were contacted, the brother said.

Brinker, whose last known address was in San Francisco, appeared in court for the first time Monday. His arraignment was rescheduled to Friday, Bastian said, and his bail was set at $10 million.

Prosecutors plan to file a motion Friday to combine Brinker’s case with Herrera’s. Herrera, who remains in custody on $5 million bail, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and also is scheduled to appear Friday to set a preliminary hearing date.

Robert Musial grew up near Ocean Beach and was described by family as compassionate, well-loved, funny and an expert on everything San Francisco.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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